Securing the Perimeter

For an airport to efficiently deliver passengers and goods to desired locations, it needs to be safe, secure, and efficient. Garver recently helped the Memphis International Airport enhance that capability with a new perimeter fence intrusion system carried by more than 20,000 linear feet of 10-foot fence.

Garver provided engineering design and construction administration services to replace the outdated detection system, increasing the safety at an airport that serves more than four million travelers annually. Designed by St. Louis, Missouri-based Faith Group, the system’s ability to detect the exact time and location of a breach significantly shortens response times. The system is carried by fiber-optic cable and is connected to the new fence and gates, which replaced a previous six-foot-tall fence.

“We recommended the taller fence to discourage potential breaches,” said Garver Aviation Electrical Director Eric Farmer. “Now, with that deterrent in addition to the detection system, the airport is much more equipped to respond to any security breaches at its perimeter.”

A breach could lead to shutting down operations and canceled flights, creating drastic operational and economic impacts on the airport. With a taller fence and a more sophisticated system, the airport is now more secure for travelers, and more economically efficient for its operators.

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